Board approves write-in candidates

By Melanie Speicher - [email protected]

SIDNEY — Three write-in candidates were approved for the November General Election by the Shelby County Board of Elections Monday afternoon. And it was announced that a candidate for Sidney City Schools Board of Education had withdrawn her petition for the upcoming election.

The board also thanked Chuck Craynon for his service to the board. Craynon sent a letter of resignation to secretary of State Frank LaRose. His resignation was effective Friday, Sept. 13.

Approved as write-in candidates were:

• Chris Monnin, 407 N. Sycamore St., Botkins, Botkins Local School Board of Education.

• Brenda Goubeaux, 1077 Fessler Buxton Road, Russia, Loramie Township Trustee.

• Glenda J. Stangel, 9501 Stangel Road, Sidney, Washington Township Fiscal Officer.

Pam Kerrigan, director, also announced that Kristin Allen, of Sidney, had withdrawn her petition to run for Sidney City Schools Board of Education.

In preparation for the election, the board approved the ballot order recommended by Kerrigan and Deputy Director Donnie Chupp.

Chupp said they selected a previous general election that matched the races and issues for the 2019 election. They compared the 2017 election, which had a 33 percent voter turnout when 80 percent was predicted.

A total of 16,795 ballots were ordered, with a cost is $5,710.30.

The Secretary of State’s Office sets guidelines on how many ballots must be ordered.

Chupp said in precincts where there is a tax issue on the ballot, they are ordering 65 percent of the total number of registered voters. Where there is no issue, they are ordering 55 percent of the total number of registered voters.

The board also approved the allocation of voting equipment to the precincts.two DS200s will be at both the Shelby County Fairgrounds and Lehman Catholic High School. There will be one DS200 at each of the other polling locations.

There will be five E-Pollbooks at Lehman, four at the fairgrounds and one at each polling location.

Board member Merrill Asher reviewed a chart on how the polls will be set up in the old gym at Lehman, along with where voters will be parking.

“A four-year member of the board has resigned for personal reasons,” said Chair Jim Kerg. “I’ve known Chuck for 40 years and served with him on Sidney City Council.

“”If he got interested in something, he gave it 110 percent,” said Kerg. “On behalf of the board, I hank Mr. Craynon for his time and service to the board of elections.

“He (Craynon) stepped up when Mr. Thompson had health reasons,” said Asher.

In other business, the board:

• Learned the old voting equipment will be removed for recycling on Sept. 30.

• Discussed reviewing the board’s policies and procedures. They will be comparing Shelby County’s policies to those of Mercer County Board of Elections to see how the two compare.

• Agreed to start the review for the 2020 budget in October.

• Approved bills which have been filed for audit.

The board’s next meeting will be Monday, Oct. 21, at 3 p.m. at the board office.

By Melanie Speicher

[email protected]

Reach the writer at 937-538-4822.

Reach the writer at 937-538-4822.